Standing in the Hall of Fame as pupils get dressed up as heroes

DRESSED UP From left, Eddie Sanders as Neil Armstrong, Theo Leonard, Matthew Crawley and Rosie Wright as Jessica Ennis. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133078-3)

DRESSED UP From left, Eddie Sanders as Neil Armstrong, Theo Leonard, Matthew Crawley and Rosie Wright as Jessica Ennis. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133078-3)

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CHARLES Dickens, Neil Armstrong and Jessica Ennis are amongst a list of famous people who made an appearance at a Titchfield school.

It comes as youngsters at West Hill Park School have been stepping back in time by dressing up as famous figures from past and present.

From left, Sophia Lodge, Lola Norwood-Perkins, William Kingsbury, Justin Whiting and Marcus Fayek. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133078-2)

From left, Sophia Lodge, Lola Norwood-Perkins, William Kingsbury, Justin Whiting and Marcus Fayek. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133078-2)

It was all part of their history topic called Hall of Fame that they are studying.

Teacher Jane Chandler, who dressed up as Anne Boleyn, said: ‘It seems to have caught the children’s imagination.

‘We have been studying the topic Hall of Fame for the last few weeks, which has given the children the opportunity to do their own research with lots of independent learning.

‘It’s culminated in this day where they have all chosen a person to do their own research on and then to come together and to do some fun activities.

‘They have been so intent on finding out the real facts about their character and talking to each other.

‘That’s how they learn best when they are playing together and sharing information together.’

The children wrote their own factfiles in class, studying people such as William Shakespeare, J K Rowling and even The Beatles.

For their homework, they were than tasked with researching a famous person, past or present and then had to come to school dressed as that person on Famous People Day.

Yesterday, children then stood up in class and explained about who they were and why they were famous.

Mrs Chandler added that the Famous People Day was a huge success.

‘We had a fantastic response to this and, thanks to our very supportive and enthusiastic parents, the children looked amazing and certainly knew a lot about their character.’

Hannah Wood, six, dressed as Florence Nightingale.

She said: ‘I like her. This is fun because we don’t have to go in our school clothes.’

Jamie Batt, six, dressed as Charles Dickens.

He said: ‘My mum bought me this costume. My outfit is good because it has a hat.’

And Rayhaan Walji, six, dressed as Prince William, giving him the chance to learn a bit more about the royal family.

‘I wanted to be Prince William because he’s smart and cool. I think my outfit is good,’ he said.

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